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Table 2 Percentage of respondents endorsing various potential types of help (N = 4938)

From: Mental health literacy about depression: a survey of portuguese youth

  Helpful Harmful Neither or don’t know
Different people who could possibly help    
A family doctor 74.6 2.1 23.2
A teacher 27.6 8.7 63.7
A psychologist 89.0 2.3 8.7
A nurse 49.1 4.1 46.8
A social worker 14.6 16.4 69.0
A psychiatrist 55.1 9.5 35.5
A telephonic helpline 16.4 23.2 60.5
A close family member 75.1 3.3 21.6
A close friend 80.9 2.5 16.6
Medicines    
Vitamins 65.5 4.2 30.3
Tea 54.0 3.6 42.3
Tranquillizers 29.9 30.4 39.7
Antidepressants 37.7 28.6 34.1
Antipsychotics 8.8 37.3 53.9
Sleeping pills 29.3 30.9 39.8
Interventions    
Becoming more physically active 66.2 5.2 28.6
Getting relaxation training 82.9 1.2 15.8
Practicing meditation 62.7 2.9 34.4
Getting acupuncture 23.4 7.4 69.3
Getting up early each morning and getting out in the sunlight 27.6 9.8 62.6
Receiving therapy with a specialized professional 74.8 2.6 22.5
Looking up a web site giving information about her problem 45.9 12.7 41.4
Reading a self-help book on her problem 48.3 8.3 43.4
Joining a support group of people with similar problems 49.9 9.8 40.3
Going to a specialized mental health service 59.3 7.2 33.5
Using alcohol to relax 2.8 84.8 12.4
Smoking cigarettes to relax 4.0 83.6 12.4
Knowledge and skills to give first aid and support to others    
Listen to her problems in an understanding way 95.2 .7 4.1
Talk to her firmly about getting her act together 48.6 14.3 37.1
Suggest she seek professional help 77.2 4.6 18.2
Make an appointment for her to see a GP with her knowledge 60.8 6.5 32.7
Ask her whether she is feeling suicidal 16.6 52.0 31.8
Suggest she have a few drinks to forget her troubles 3.6 87.1 12.9
Rally friends to cheer her up 73.8 4.5 21.7
Not acknowledging her problem, ignoring her until she gets over it 3.1 84.5 12.4
Keep her busy to keep her mind off problems 62.7 8.5 28.8
Encourage her to become more physically active 48.5 5.8 45.7